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Strike a Pose
Strike a Pose poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byEster Gould
Reijer Zwaan
Distributed byCTM Docs
Release date
  • 15 February 2016 (2016-02-15) (Berlin)
Running time
83 minutes

Strike a Pose is a Belgian-Dutch documentary film, which premiered in the Panorama section of the 2016 Berlinale. Directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan, the film profiles the dancers who performed with Madonna on her Blond Ambition World Tour in 1990.[1][2][3][4]


The film follows the dancers during the 25 years since the tour. Some went on to act in film, TV and stage, and all of them kept dance in their lives. Some had to deal with AIDS, drug use and homelessness. The six who appear in the film are Kevin Stea, Carlton Wilborn, Luis Xtravaganza Camacho, Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza, Salim Gauwloos and Oliver S Crumes III. One of the original seven, Gabriel Trupin, died from complications due to AIDS in 1995 and is represented in the film by his mother, Sue Trupin.[5][6][7]


The film was partially financed by the International Documentary Film Festival Forum Award, Amsterdam, and was produced by CTM Docs and The Other Room in coproduction with Serendipity Films and NTR.[8] The film premiered at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival where it received the second place Panorama audience award for a documentary.[9][10][11]

Awards and nominations


  1. ^ "Madonna's 'Blonde Ambition' Dancers Tell Their Own Stories in New Documentary 'Strike a Pose'". Indiewire, 21 January 2016.
  2. ^ Cooper, Michael (6 April 2017). "Strike a Pose Tells the Amazing Story of Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour Dancers".
  3. ^ "Review: Madonna Said 'Strike a Pose,' and It Was Life-Altering".
  4. ^ "Strike a pose: These dancers taught Madonna how to vogue".
  5. ^ "'Strike A Pose' Doc, Revisiting Madonna's 'Truth Or Dare' Dancers, Sets Premiere Date on Logo".
  6. ^ Dazed (3 February 2017). "Reuniting Madonna's iconic voguing gang of 1990".
  7. ^ Metz, Nina. "'Strike a Pose' catches up with Madonna's 'Blond Ambition' dancers".
  8. ^ "Panorama - Berlinale 2016: The Panorama Audience Awards go to Junction 48 and Who's Gonna Love Me Now?". 20 February 2016. Archived from the original on 22 February 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  9. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (20 February 2016). "Berlin Film Fest Winners: Refugee Doc 'Fire At Sea' Takes Golden Bear". Deadline. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  10. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (2 February 2017). "Strike a Pose review – excitable reunion of Madonna's dancers". the Guardian.
  11. ^ Needham, Alex (17 April 2016). "Strike a Pose review – Madonna's dancers vogue back in anger". the Guardian.
  12. ^ "Awards".

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